drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
450 tasting notes

This came to me thanks to the ever so lovely and amazing Anna, who was not only incredibly generous (also pulling like nine thousand teas from my shopping list to throw into a swap package), but she also packaged each tea with lots of love and expertise. She sent me enough for two samples of these, and each sample was in its own little bag, and then those bags were put (lovingly) into a slightly larger ziplock. it was like ziplock university, and she graduated with distinction.

Ok, so I chose this tea last night to try today, and consequently slept fitfully because I was so excited to try it. I opened the package to smell it last night, and my first thought was: I don’t even care how this tastes, I’m buying it. Like, it could have tasted like a garbage truck was sweating profusely in my mouth, and the scent alone would have made me buy this tea.

Thankfully, both the scent and the taste of the tea are entirely unblemished. The dry leaf smells very true to ‘melon’, although I can’t say I’m up on my melon discerning abilities. It smelled as though someone had sliced open the fresh fruit while standing in a sun-drenched garden. it also smelled slightly candied, although not even remotely ‘artificial’ if that makes sense. even if it doesn’t make sense, it doesn’t have to, right? It smells like spring and summer are right here under your nose!

I read the tasting notes for this tea before brewing it. A lot of people brewed for two minutes or fewer, but I’ve always brewed my oolongs a bit longer. So I brewed for three and a half minutes.

And guys, this is awesome. It’s juicy—so juicy, in fact, that i’m definitely going to try icing it come summer time. I also think I’m starting to understand what a floral oolong tastes like, because although I couldn’t describe the taste to you, I picked up immediately on a similarity between this and my beloved rose violet calendula oolong. Are all of Lupicia’s flavoured oolongs this delicious?

So i know you guys are probably wondering how this is compared with cantaloupe and cream. There’s absolutely room for both in my cupboard—I’ll just get that out of the way. Here’s what I think:
1. Obviously one’s a white and one’s an oolong. Both are delicately flavoured, although I’d say lupicia’s comes out slightly on top in amount of flavouring, while I find the CaC a bit more delicate (this could also be because of the different base teas, obviously)
2. Oolong=juicy, CaC=gentle, and very, very spot on re cantaloupe. If I could use colours to describe the differences, I’d say the CaC is a lighter, more fairy pink, while this would be, like, a deeper, almost reddish shade of pink. Does that help at all? LOL.

Anyway, shopping list. Omg yes, shopping list.

Thank you, Anna!!!

Courtney

I love the colour comparison!

Roswell Strange

If C&C was a colour, I’d call it a mellow, sunset orange :)

Anna

Aww, this is so great. First I laughed really really hard at, “it was like ziplock university, and she graduated with distinction.” And then I was all heartswole that you liked it so much. So many feels. Sniff.

I was really curious how you’d feel this would compare to Stacy’s tea, and your review definitely didn’t disappoint – thanks for being so thorough! I also feel there’s room for both in my cupboard, seeing as they’re so different.

Anna

Oh, and I forgot – yes, all the Lupicia oolongs I’ve tried are that gorgeous, in my opinion. I think I sent you the lychee oolong and the pineapple oolong, too, right? My faves are the Momo and the Ripe mango, but I didn’t have those with me in Sweden when I put your samples together. Next time!

Another thing I love about Lupicia is that their (green) teas are generally incredibly forgiving when it comes to steeping; they all handle boiling water without getting bitter, and as a rule 1.5 minutes is enough for a very flavourful cup.

keychange

Oh yeah, I had a lot of feelings while all of this was taking place as well! it was seriously such an emotional experience for me! and I’m glad you feel there’s room for both in your cupboard. And roswell, isn’t it funny how we associate specific colours with specific teas? and just in case anyone was wondering, I can see some colours, so it isn’t nearly as dramatic and ridiculous a story that I imagine what my tea would look like (my ability to interpret what my eyes see is diminishing though, so I can’t enjoy colours in exactly the same way, but whateves-mini ziplocks!!)

Anna

(You’ve both heard of synesthesia, right?)

keychange

Sure have! I’m pretty sure that’s not what I experience, though. When I imagine teas to be coloured, I think I draw upon the association that the flavor of whatever is in the tea (fruits to be pink/red/green/fruit coloured, a rose tea to be red or pink, etc.). And then I get a bit carried away and there you have it. haha.

OMGsrsly

“I don’t even care how this tastes, I’m buying it.” I am CACKLING over here. Can’t stop laughing at that part. :D Thank you.

keychange

LOL I’m glad! I was taken immediately by the scent alone, it would seem. And anna, I can’t wait to try the rest of lupicia’s offerings, and you have me curious about the greens as well. Yes, you did very kindly send along the lychee and pineapple, and i’ll be all over those in the near future.

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Courtney

I love the colour comparison!

Roswell Strange

If C&C was a colour, I’d call it a mellow, sunset orange :)

Anna

Aww, this is so great. First I laughed really really hard at, “it was like ziplock university, and she graduated with distinction.” And then I was all heartswole that you liked it so much. So many feels. Sniff.

I was really curious how you’d feel this would compare to Stacy’s tea, and your review definitely didn’t disappoint – thanks for being so thorough! I also feel there’s room for both in my cupboard, seeing as they’re so different.

Anna

Oh, and I forgot – yes, all the Lupicia oolongs I’ve tried are that gorgeous, in my opinion. I think I sent you the lychee oolong and the pineapple oolong, too, right? My faves are the Momo and the Ripe mango, but I didn’t have those with me in Sweden when I put your samples together. Next time!

Another thing I love about Lupicia is that their (green) teas are generally incredibly forgiving when it comes to steeping; they all handle boiling water without getting bitter, and as a rule 1.5 minutes is enough for a very flavourful cup.

keychange

Oh yeah, I had a lot of feelings while all of this was taking place as well! it was seriously such an emotional experience for me! and I’m glad you feel there’s room for both in your cupboard. And roswell, isn’t it funny how we associate specific colours with specific teas? and just in case anyone was wondering, I can see some colours, so it isn’t nearly as dramatic and ridiculous a story that I imagine what my tea would look like (my ability to interpret what my eyes see is diminishing though, so I can’t enjoy colours in exactly the same way, but whateves-mini ziplocks!!)

Anna

(You’ve both heard of synesthesia, right?)

keychange

Sure have! I’m pretty sure that’s not what I experience, though. When I imagine teas to be coloured, I think I draw upon the association that the flavor of whatever is in the tea (fruits to be pink/red/green/fruit coloured, a rose tea to be red or pink, etc.). And then I get a bit carried away and there you have it. haha.

OMGsrsly

“I don’t even care how this tastes, I’m buying it.” I am CACKLING over here. Can’t stop laughing at that part. :D Thank you.

keychange

LOL I’m glad! I was taken immediately by the scent alone, it would seem. And anna, I can’t wait to try the rest of lupicia’s offerings, and you have me curious about the greens as well. Yes, you did very kindly send along the lychee and pineapple, and i’ll be all over those in the near future.

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Well, it’s been slightly over six months since I’ve joined steepster, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about this community. Like many of you, I began my foray into the world of loose-leaf tea by discovering David’s Tea, and although I’ve ventured out and have discovered many other companies that I’m extremely fond of, there are still many of David’s teas that I hold close to my heart and I will always appreciate it as a starting point for my journey.

As for my preferences, I tend to prefer bold black tea, flavoured and unflavoured alike, and I almost always take my blacks with cream and sugar. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy a good, flavoured white though, and I’m slowly making my way through the incredibly confusing world of oolongs and greens. I am also not a fan of rooibos, although I am starting to suspect green rooibos may be ok, but you know how it is: when you’ve decided you detest a certain ingredient, you’ll notice it everywhere—perhaps even where it doesn’t exist!

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